(1 current project)
Project Title: Increase Food Security and Improve Livelihoods of Sorghum and Rice Producers
The overall objective of this four year project is to increase food security and improve livelihoods of rice and sorghum producers in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This project focuses on the inclusion of smallholder farmers into the rice and sorghum value chain, including access to credit and markets. The project permits a simultaneous enhancement of agricultural supply chains for the food and beverage industry while sharing and minimizing the associated risks. It will contribute to improving the livelihood conditions of the households involved by improving food security and generating a regular income. By mobilizing social investment funds, the program will involve the community in the development of social projects, such as improving access to primary education in both isolated and impoverished areas. A smaller component of the project will support sorghum production in Burundi.
The project has three objectives: 1) Increase agricultural capacity of rural households; 2) Reduce DRC’s and Burundi’s dependency on imports; 3) Improve primary school conditions and increase school enrollment.
The project has recently been granted a budget neutral extension by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs to extend the project in Burundi by two years through December 31st, 2014.
Accomplishments thus far:
● Farmers have thus far sold 117 metric tons of white sorghum to the brewery, while approximately 40% of total production has been used for household consumption.
Funders: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Heineken International